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Archives: Feb. 2009

Feb.
19th

Pics of the week: Tour of California

Our photo editor, Jeremy Harrison, is compiling daily slide shows from the Tour of France (Yes, Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis are both in the race). The tour wraps up Sunday.


Levi Leipheimer of Montana won the last two tours and is teaming with Armstrong on Team Astana this year.


Check out the pics here:


http://www.thenewstribune.com/static/photo/sportsgallery/sports.html

Feb.
19th

Mount Rainier road open, but visitation down

The lack of fresh snow in the last few weeks has been a mixed blessing for winter visitors to Mount Rainier National Park.


It means they’ve had weekday access to Paradise but there was been little fresh powder in which they can play, ski or snowboard.


After a slide took out part of one lane of the road to Paradise on Glacier Hill, park staff announced weekday openings of the road would be limited to those days when conditions are "near perfect."


It seems as if conditions have been good, if not near perfect, much of the

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Feb.
19th

Razor clam digs planned for March, April

State fishery managers have scheduled three days of razor clam digs in late March, with two digs scheduled for April.


The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will open four beaches for clam digging if the state Department of Health certifies that razor clam samples tested for marine toxins are safe to eat.


If clams are safe to eat, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will open March 27-29, while Long Beach and Copalis will be open March 28-29. With low tides occuring in the morning, all digging on those beaches must be completed by noon.



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Feb.
19th

Deep River salmon limit change

The state Department Fish and Wildlife late Wednesday announced a fishing rule change for the daily limit for salmon in Deep River in Wahkiakum County. Here is the rest of the news release:


The limit may not include more than one adult hatchery chinook salmon during those days when the adjacent Columbia River waters are open to retention of salmon.


Effective date: March 1 through April 30


Species affected: Salmon


Location: Deep River from the mouth to town bridge.


Reason for action: Makes the salmon daily limit the same in Deep River as

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Feb.
19th

Dosewallips State Park opens March 1 for clam digging

An increase in the clam population because of natural recruitment and enhancement by the state will allow digging at Dosewallips State Park to open a month earlier.


The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced late Wednesday that the sport clam fishing at the park will open March 1. The season, open for all clams, will run through Oct. 31. Last season, digging at the park didn’t open until April 1.


Department employees have augmented the natural population with additional Manila clams, said an agency news release.


The park is located in Jefferson County on the west

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Feb.
19th

Mora’s trail is a workout, but nearby Mailbox Peak is even touger

Seahawks coach Jim Mora love the Cable Line Trail at Tiger Mountain for his workouts. It’s a challenge, for sure, but if you want something tougher in the same area try Mailbox Peak.
I hiked the trail a few years back while I was training for Mount Rainier. Here’s my account. Find trail info at the end of the story.

Not since the days of the Pony Express has checking the mail been such a workout.

To get to the two mailboxes on the summit of Mailbox Peak, you’ll have to climb 4,000 feet in just 2.9 miles. Of all the training hills around North Bend, this is the steepest.

It’s also significantly less popular than neighboring Mount Si, which is exactly why we picked this 4,842-foot peak for our workout.

We are here for the same reason so many hikers use the easily assessable steep hikes along Interstate 90. We are training for something bigger – Mount Rainier.

In less than a month eight of us will depart the Paradise parking lot on a two-day climb to the summit. It will be the first attempt at Rainier for six of us.

There is no better way to train for hauling a loaded pack up a mountain than hauling a loaded pack up a mountain.

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Feb.
18th

Dead Confederate set to rock Stevens Pass on Friday

Dead Confederate, a Georgia alternative rock band, is taking a break from its West Coast swing to hit the slopes at Stevens Pass on Friday.


The band will play in the base area at noon. They play in Seattle on Thursday afternoon and perform in Sacramento on Saturday.


Dead Confederate’s most popular song is "The Rat."


The group’s performance is part of an all-day promotion at the state’s second most popular ski area.


The promotion includes 2-for-1 lift tickets according to Stevenspass.com.


To get the lift ticket deal you

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Feb.
18th

Pacific Northwest Trail awaits House OK

Jon Knechtel and Ron Strickland are anxiously watching the political maneuvering around S. 22, the omnibus public lands management bill awaiting a vote in the House.


If approved and signed by President Obama, the legislation would add the Pacific Northwest Trail to the National Scenic Trail system. Approved by the Senate on Jan. 15, the bill awaits final action by the House.


The 1,200-mile trail crosses three national parks and seven national forests as it runs from the Chief Mountain border crossing just east of Glacier National Park in Montana to the Pacific Ocean at Cape Alava on

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